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We are proud to announce that together with our venue sponsor codeX, SUGSA is partnering with the 0111 CTO Conference to bring the Estimates or NoEstimates? (Beyond Estimates) full day workshop with Woody Zuill.

The Workshop

The default use of an “estimate-driven” approach is pervasive in software development efforts, and while estimates can be useful, it is worthwhile to scrutinize our use of estimates for cost, time, and effort, and to seek better ways to manage software development projects. We say we depend on estimates to make important decisions, and yet we’re often disappointed by the results.

We’ll explore the purpose and use of estimates in the management of software development efforts, and consider possible alternatives. There are a number of things to explore and many questions to ask. For example, do we really need estimates for all the things we are currently using them? Are we getting a reasonable benefit from estimates? Is there a way to prove that estimates are helping us make good decisions? Is it possible to manage software development projects without these estimates, or at least with fewer estimates?

In this session, we’ll participate in interactive information gathering exercises to see if we can gain a shared understanding of the purpose and use of estimates. We will examine the nature of software development projects and explore some real data to shed light on the art and science of software estimation.

Our exploration goal is to see if we can work together to come up with some ideas about improving on the traditional approaches to using and perhaps moving beyond estimates.

About Woody

Woody Zuill


I’m Woody Zuill

I do Mob Programming workshops, talks and presentations on agile topics, and I coach and guide folks interested in creating a wonderful workplace where people can excel in their work, and in their life. Please let me know if there is any way you think I can help you.

You can email me at woody@woodyzuill.com



0111 CTO Conference

Thanks to the organisers of the 0111 CTO conference (https://www.0111conf.co.za/), Woody is here in South Africa for a limited time and is available for this one-day workshop!

0111 CTO Conference


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